Cass Lennox on Finding Your Feet ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Finding Your Feet
Author: Cass Lennox
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: 01/16/2017

Blurb:

While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.

Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.

Identities in Finding Your Feet

This book features quite a range of diverse identities, but it is not An Identity Book.

Tyler is a transgender, biracial man, and he popped into my head that way. However, the transgender aspect of his identity, while important, is background in the story. I never intended Finding Your Feet to be a transition story, so any details about transitioning or his gender make very minor appearances. My somewhat grumpy hero with a marshmallow centre just happens to be transgender, and that’s awesome.

All that said, I researched everything I could find about transitioning and being transgender in order to make sure I depicted him sensitively and respectfully. I came away from the research with an overwhelming sense of not having done anywhere near enough, and with a deep appreciation of just how wide and complicated gender is. I found that there isn’t really a ‘typical’ trans story – every transgender and non-binary person’s story and experiences is unique and different, and seems composed of and influenced not just by their personal relationship with their gender and body, but by outside factors as well. A supportive family and community go a long way towards a positive self-image and transition process (Tyler’s family, by the way, is hugely supportive). Education and visibility is key, and there can’t be enough efforts to faithfully and positively depict more transgender and non-binary people across all our media.

My heroine, Evie, is cisgender and on the asexual spectrum. Unlike Vaughn in Blank Spaces (the first book in the series), her asexuality is nothing new to her. The only thing she grapples with in terms of this part of her identity is political – who does she come out to, and when, and why. Again (and without minimising asexuality) it’s just not a huge part of the story – merely a contributing factor I also hope I’ve depicted sensitively and respectfully. Honestly, she spends more of her time in the book freaking out about her life and where it’s going than about her lack of sexual attraction to other people.

So, anyone hoping for an in-depth look at the Trans Experience or the Asexual Experience, prepare for disappointment. This is just a sweet story about two queer people falling for each other in admittedly unlikely circumstances. Their identities don’t feed into their romantic conflict. Like, at all. Nope, they’re both, in their own ways, getting over shitty exes – and that is an experience I think a lot of us share, regardless of orientation or gender!

Links

Finding Your Feet on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Finding Your Feet, one lucky winner will receive $15 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 21, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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12 thoughts on “Cass Lennox on Finding Your Feet ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway. I love dance and the interracial aspect of this story – Purple Reader
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  2. Thanks for sharing your insights on identities. I think there should be more people out there, who write about people who are different from the already (more or less) established gender awareness.

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  3. Congrats and thanks for the post & giveaway. I love dancing, all forms of dance, the city of Toronto, & diverse characters; so this sounds like a great story for me.
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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